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White [Paperback]

Rosie Thomas
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

5 Aug 2004

One Love. One Chance. Once Sacrifice.

For Sam McGrath a brief encounter with a young woman, on a turbulent flight, changes his life. On impulse, crazily attracted to her, her vows to follow her - all the way to Nepal.

Finch Buchanan is flying out as doctor to an expedition. But when she reaches the Himalayas she will be reunited with a man she has never been able to forget.

Al Hood has made a promise to his daughter. Once he has conquered this last peak, he will leave the mountains behind forever.

Everest towers over the group, silent and beautiful. And the passionate relationship between Finch, Al and Sam - two men driven by their own demons, and a woman with a dream of her own - begins to play itself out, with tragic consequences...

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099464837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099464839
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A story full of passion ... will keep you reading long after bedtime" (New Woman)

"Terrific stuff ... a real weepy" (The Times)

"Outstanding" (The Good Book Guide)

"A superb storyteller ... White is an epic mix of passion and drama" (Hampstead and Highgate Express)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this book by it's cover 1 Oct 2001
By A Customer
The cover of this book gives a completely false impression and is obviously aimed at the "buy it for a holiday read" market. In fact the story works on many different levels. It is a tale of two loves ... life and the mountains. OK, there are a few cliches within but the plot twists and turns unexpectedly. It doesn't even end when you think that it should but the extra 60 pages tie up all the loose ends in a completely satisfying manner. It's a story of loves lost and found, an adventure that is terrifyingly real and a search for reasons to live. All of the three main characters are multi-layered and you can't help caring about what happens to them. This book will not disappoint you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real love story in a harsh setting 8 Sep 2006
I loved this book. Things didn't turn out the way I expected with Finch which made for a good story. The real fascination of this book for me, though, was the dramatic backdrop of Everest and the harsh realities of mountaineering. I was completely hooked from page 1.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Peaks" a little early 26 May 2002
By A Customer
I loved four fifths of this book. The story is gripping - the details about the hardships of an attempt on Everest are mesmerising, and having read it I couldn't believe how anyone would willingly try it! But Rosie Thomas manages to convince us of the motivations driving the main characters. She writes with great style and pace, ripping the story along and providing just enough detail so you can see, hear, smell, taste and touch everything that's going on. But I felt that the last 60 pages were a major let down, literally an anticlimax, and found myself skimming through just to confirm that what I thought was going to happen would (it did). It really did feel like a big mistake in pacing to me, though I know other people have thought otherwise. But for everything up to that point, buy it - it's a gripping, well-told story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping 22 Sep 2001
By A Customer
very refreshing to read a fiction novel so detained, this authour definitly knows her stuff! completly enticing and guarenteed to keep you reading for hours. definitly worth the read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars White 1 Dec 2005
By A Customer
This is a fabulous story - I've read it twice and can't wait to read it again. She so obviously has a real knowledge of the bleakness, loneliness and terrifying hardship of mountaineering. Everyone should read this book - it says a great deal about a human being's ability to be self reliant as well as compassionate. Utterly compelling!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best drama romance book 21 July 2004
A book that is full of romance, danger, drama, a book that you want to curl up and read with a glass of wine and a box of chocolate, a brilliant praise for Rosie Thomas with another excellent book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another world 30 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've never been to the Himalaya. Never dreamt
of climbing the Everest. I live in Europe,
never been to the States or Canada.
For me this book (like other books by Rosie Thomas)
is wha tyou call in french a complete "dépaysement":
a change of atmosphere, a world
different from mine.This is something that appeals to me!

Passionate and romantic story, good characterisation of Dr Finch Buchanan
and Sam McGrath and the change of their seemingly impossible relationship.
There is a progression in this novel : a progression worth following!

Elisheva Guggenheim-Mohosh, Geneva, Switzerland
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mountains..and how to perish. 10 Dec 2001
What an amazing story of passion..passion for climbing, getting what you want and letting slip away all you have!
Once again Rosie takes you away into another world that we can all identify with. If you are interested in climbing Everest, then read this. You might change your mind afterwards! If you are looking for a complicated heartbreaking romance then read it too..
It's a great book to read infront of your fire..keep warm and drift into a story based in Wales, Canada, foothills of Everest and of course a short stay on the summit..it's not what you think..some people stay there. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was on that mountain with them
Brilliantly told, gripping, heartbreaking. You identify with each and every character and you understand why they did what they did.
Published 1 month ago by Rosie Maddox
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing
I really enjoyed this book as I felt I was there, on Everest, with the climbing group. Rosie Thomas' descriptions are so evocative; it made me feel all the highs and lows of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deeds
5.0 out of 5 stars enchanting
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, exciting and captivated by the vivid description of Everest and tithe psychological pull of the mountains to those who go there.
Published 2 months ago by Lainey@winslow
4.0 out of 5 stars Rosie Thomas always a good read
Rosie Thomas never disappoints. Her stories flow & makes the reader believe. I was there with her on Everest, every step of the way.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. V.Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars White
I have read a few books now by Rosie Thomas and this one delivered a great story too.
A superb read and let's your imagination take you there too.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. D. B. McCann
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A wonderful read combining high adventure and romance without being at all schmaltzy. A must for armchair mountaineers as well as for lovers of Rosie Thomas's usual books. Read more
Published 3 months ago by horace
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosie Thomas White
Rosie Thomas is a great writer and I have read most of her books since the Kashmir Shawl.
Everything she writes grips me. After my adventure in Eygpt I found Iris and Ruby. Read more
Published 3 months ago by margaret moran
5.0 out of 5 stars White
Fantastic; the usual gripping 'stuff' from Rosie Thomas. i couldn't put it down. I think she is my favourite author at the moment.
Published 3 months ago by LIZ SMITH Elizabeth Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I know nothing of mountain climbing but Ms Thomas brought the reality to life. I found the book informative and her characters sympathetic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. E. Baxter
3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and informative
Best [point is that there is a lot of good information about climbing Everest. eg 1000 people attempt the climb every year. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maisie Brown
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